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Extreme Heat Sends New Yorkers to Emergency Rooms as Climate Toll Grows

The city is on pace to match 2018, when more than 700 people headed to the hospital due to hot weather, data shows. As the planet is warming, New York is feeling the heat: It recently placed as the nation’s third most intense "urban heat island."

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 ‘Back to Gridlock’: NYC Bridge and Tunnel Traffic Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels as Mass Transit Lags

It seems like old times on crossings run by the MTA, the Port Authority and the city, the latest data shows. That’s got mass transit and environmental advocates concerned as New York’s reopening gears up for a fall rush.

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Subway Watchers Say MTA Could Plug Staff Holes by Losing Training Wheels Faster

As canceled trips in the subway pile up from a shortage of train operators and conductors, the transit workers union is pushing the MTA to explore ways to speed up training of new hires.

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MTA Hits Mute on Remote Comments as In-Person Public Committee Meetings Return

The rule forbidding a continuation of virtual public testimony limited participation by Access-A-Ride users with complaints about service problems, advocates for New Yorkers with limited mobility said. Meanwhile, MTA officials could still phone it in.

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MTA’s Pandemic-Derailed Transformation Plan Was Off Track From Start, Critics Say

Two years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the MTA a "disgrace"  and "a governmental Frankenstein" as he unveiled a plan to reorganize the mass transit agency. But the overhaul has been slammed as "underwhelming."

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‘A Default Sewer System’: Subway Flooding Is Bigger Than Just the MTA

The super soaking of stations in Manhattan and The Bronx this week underscored the exposure of the nearly 117-year-old subway system to climate change — and highlighted the resiliency challenges still facing the MTA and the city at large.

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De Blasio’s Pandemic Heroes Parade Could Use a Clear Invite List ‘Honorees’ Say

With just over two weeks until City Hall’s "Canyon of Heroes" salute to essential workers, many essential workers say they’re still unclear on their place in the parade.

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Meals Vs. Wheels: Restaurants Blocking Bus Lanes Get Little Direction From City

Since outdoor dining structures became city fixtures nearly a year ago, almost 120 restaurants have been warned about blocking bus lanes and bus stops. But enforcement has little teeth and restaurateurs say they’re getting mixed messages.

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Uber Tries to Drive Back Legal Rights on Brooklyn Woman Who Sued After Accident

Emily Wu filed suit in November after being struck in a July accident she blamed on a dangerous driver. In January, a casual click of Uber’s terms of service deleted Wu’s right to sue, the ride-share company contends.

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Subway Workforce Dwindles as Pandemic and Hiring Freeze Take Toll

The MTA’s Department of Subways has dropped more than 2,600 jobs since 2019, data obtained by THE CITY shows. Union bosses worry about safety on the trains, which are considered a key engine in the city’s COVID comeback.

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Cuomo LaGuardia Rail Dream Puts Mets’ Train Stop Off Limits to Riders With Disabilities

An elevator connecting commuters with Citi Field, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens has been delayed five years — leaving wheelchair users stuck as sports make a pandemic comeback.

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Can the Mayoral Candidates Bring a Sea Change to NYC’s Climate Resilience Fight?

The next mayor will inherit the city with the pandemic rebound and the battle to protect New York from the next Superstorm Sandy inextricably tied. Here are some of the City Hall hopefuls’ ideas to safeguard the city.

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Dream of Connected NYC Greenway Re-Envisioned as Path to COVID Recovery

Fans of foot power are hoping President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan can help link the disjointed system of bike and footpaths across the five boroughs. The idea’s gained momentum amid the pandemic bike boom.

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Embattled Cuomo Pushes Skyline-Altering Penn Station Real Estate Plan as Critics Mobilize

Despite a barrage of scandals plaguing his administration, Gov. Cuomo is flexing muscle to keep a major development scheme in Midtown on track. The mega-project has met little opposition — until recently. State budget negotiations could be key.

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Meet Your Mayor: Transportation

See which candidates for NYC mayor agree with you most on transportation.

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MTA Eyes Commuter Rails as Discount Subways Substitutes With Crowds Expected Back

Transit officials are taking a "relook" at fares and commuting patterns that have shifted during the pandemic. That could mean the LIRR and Metro-North carrying more Queens, Brooklyn and Bronx residents.

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Man’s Amazing Journey to Amazon Made Smoother Thanks to Public and Private Help

Saheed Adebayo Aare has received salvation from his hellish commute by way of a new position with the online retailer in the city and a bumpy ride to a more convenient homeless shelter.

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‘Tough Guy’ Cuomo’s Hard Reign Over MTA Shaken by Growing Scandals

The fallout over the allegations roiling the governor could have implications for the subway and bus agency, where former and current officials and board members say Cuomo’s management style has repeatedly driven away top talent.

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Meet the New Yorkers Who Say They’ve Given Up on the Subways

A year into the pandemic, millions who once rode MTA trains daily have found transportation alternatives — and some vow they’re never going back underground.

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From Wards Island to Amazon Warehouse in Jersey, This Commute Is Hell on Wheels

Saheed Adebayo Aare has had to navigate a lot since arriving from Nigeria and gaining asylum. His 31-mile one-way commute by bus, train and wheelchair is no exception: He travels six hours round-trip for a four-hour shift.